Edinburgh - top 17 cafes

For a quick coffee...

La Barantine - french-style cafe where the waiting staff speak to you in french, if you like.

Project Coffee - concept coffee place, chic and trendy

BrewLab - the epitome of hipster. Quality coffee served in an artfully designed 'unfinished' setting. Brogues and fake glasses are optional.

The Forest Cafe - volunteer-run hippy cafe, often with live music. Cheap, organic/fairtrade coffee and lunch-y-bites.

For a leisurely lunch or dinner...

Cento Tre - once linked to 'Valvonna and Crolla', it's an italian restaurant/cafe with a fresh, modern feel.
Victor Hugo - deli with cute nibbles and foreign delicacies.

Hendersons - vegetarian cafe with good-quality health-foods.
Cafe grande - feels like an episode of 'Poirot'.
Henri's - another french-style place, but more of a deli with a cafe attached.

The Mainstreet Trading Company - not technically in Edinburgh, but worth noting. Adorable bookshop with great cakes and sandwiches to have as you persuse.
Valvonna & Crolla - amazing Italian deli. Enough said.
Olly Bongos - Turkish-style, with good humous and pitta, as well as authentic Turkish coffee.

Cakes etc...

Bibi's - for all your pretty cupcake needs


The Cuckoos Bakery - is also a great place for cakes

Peter's Yard - Swedish-inspired coffee and pastries


Falko's ( I & II) - German 'Konditormeister' - pastry chef. Exquisite tarts and cakes to be enjoyed with a selection of interesting teas - served in a wonderfully old-fashioned bakery setting.

Edinburgh is one of those places that have secret undiscovered places everywhere, so if you know of somewhere that you think should be on this list, let me know!
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